5 Myths about Traveling that You Should Stop Believing

Forget about these misconceptions and get your travels in order.

By Mathew S. Chan
January 26, 2016


Sometimes, we can let hearsay and misconceptions get the better of us, and thus hindering us from gaining a full experience. Sadly, this is especially evident with traveling. We’ve come to know things over the years from unsafe countries to jetlag that isn’t actually true. This needs to stop, so allow us to knock some sense into you. Here are the 5 most common travel misconceptions that we all should stop believing.

1. Traveling is expensive.
A lot of people will tell you that traveling will burn a hole in your pocket. But if you’ve gone on a well-planned trip, you already know for a fact that this isn’t true. There are lots of things you can do to greatly reduce the cost of your trip from availing of promos on flights and accommodations to finding alternate means of getting to places. Traveling does cost money but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

2. Traveling to new places is unsafe.
Though it is true that there are some places in the world that can be dangerous, it doesn’t mean that every new destination is. With the right amount of preparation and research, there are tons of ways that can keep you safe. There will always be a little danger or small cause for alarm when you travel but that can happen anywhere. But in general, most places are safe.

3. Hostels and dorms are awful accommodations.
Hotels can be expensive and finding the right place to stay on a trip can really make or break it. There are a lot of misconceptions about hostels and dorms but they are safe and just as good as a hotel. There are so many reviews and sources online that list down the best hostels and dorms in the places you plan to visit. These accommodations also enable you to meet new people and it has a homier vibe, in addition to being more affordable. You can also try out vacation rentals if you need more alternative places to stay.

4. Speaking in English will solve all your problems.
As much as you want to believe it, but not everyone can speak or communicate in English. The best thing to do when traveling to a new country is to learn a few basic phrases to help you with figuring things out. Don’t just rely on speaking in English because you may end up getting frustrated.

5. You never have time to travel.
Weekends are there for a reason and even if it’s a quick trip, that’s still traveling. You also have vacation days to use besides the holidays and long weekends scheduled every year so it’s really impossible to conclude that you don’t have time to travel. That is simply a myth if not anything, because if you can make time for the gym, hanging out with friends, and an assortment of hobbies amidst your busy schedule, then you can certainly make time for a little travel.